AUTM Regional Conference Highlights UMN Technology Expertise and Partnerships

Technology commercialization experts from the University of Minnesota will play a significant role in the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Central Region Meeting, July 9-11, downtown Minneapolis, offering their diverse industry and tech transfer expertise on a range of topics.

The AUTM meeting, one of four regional conferences across the US, is designed to spark area-relevant discussion and networking opportunities among peer organizations. The conference also offers opportunities in professional development and continuing education.

In addition to serving on the host committee, leaders from the Office for Technology Commercialization (OTC) will participate on several panels throughout conference, presenting on a variety of subjects, including medical devices, intellectual property, licensing, sponsored research, and more. One session will highlight Minnesota’s thriving medical device ecosystem and the partnerships among the University of Minnesota, Boston Scientific, and the Mayo Clinic that support this market.

Two U of M startups, ProValens and TerraCOH, will also participate in a pitch session with three other university startups, each giving a five-minute pitch to a panel of investors, who will provide feedback.

Rick Huebsch, executive director of OTC, and presenter at the conference’s panel on the Medical Device Ecosystem, states, “We are truly fortunate to be part of a top 10 research institution and surrounded by large, innovative industry partners, coupled with a robust entrepreneurial culture.  We are excited to be participating in the AUTM regional meeting with our tech transfer colleagues to share our experience and knowledge, and foster new relationships.”

Pictured: Anne Hall, OTC's technology portfolio manager, moderating a panel on Plant IP and Licensing. The panel also featured OTC's B.J. Haun, technology licensing officer.